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Judge Orders Psychiatric Examination For Henri Lusaka

The High Court in Suva has been told that a man charged with the murder of his wife at Service Street in Suva attempted to commit suicide on the same day.
14 Sep 2019 18:29
Judge Orders Psychiatric Examination For Henri Lusaka
Murder accused Kiala Marcellino Penakoy Henri Lusaka outside the High Court in Suva on September 13, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar has ordered the defence counsel to file a formal application for the psychiatric examination at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The High Court in Suva has been told that a man charged with the murder of his wife at Service Street in Suva attempted to commit suicide on the same day.

This was revealed in court by the State pros­ecutor from the Office of the Director of Pub­lic Prosecutions, Assistant DPP Elizabeth Rice, in the case of 39-year-old Kiala Marcel­lino Penakoy Henri Lusaka.

Lusaka is charged with one count of mur­der of his 44-year-old wife Jennifer Anne Downes, an Australian national.

The alleged incident occurred on July 23, 2019, at their rented home an Service Street, Suva.

Lusaka told the court that he understood the charge which was read to him in English language and he pleaded not guilty.

Justice Goundar said there was a bail ap­plication on the file which was filed by the accused in person and objections filed by the State.

Defence counsel from the Legal Aid Com­mission Krisheel Chang told the court that the defence would file a supplementary affi­davit in support of the bail application.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Di­rector of Public Prosecutions, Assistant DPP Elizabeth Rice, told the court that it would depend on the state to file further objections depending on the contents of the supplemen­tary affidavit.

Mr Chang also made an oral application for a psychiatric evaluation to be conducted for the accused.

He told the court that Lusaka had a history of psychiatric illness.

Ms Rice told the court that the doctor from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital had re­ported that Lusaka may have been suffering from mental illness and they gave him medi­cation for it.

She told the court that when the Police reached the crime scene, Lusaka attempted suicide and was taken to the CWM Hospital for assistance.

Ms Rice also told the court that Lusaka was originally from Republic of the Congo and had travelled with his wife and she did not have any previous medical history of the ac­cused.

Lusaka has been further remanded in custo­dy and the case has been adjourned for men­tion to October 25.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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